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The Valley of Shadows (6) (Black Tide Rising) Hardcover – November 6, 2018
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- Publisher : Baen (November 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481483552
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481483551
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #938,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Kitty Kindle Customer on November 8, 2018
By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2018
In this version it feels like they spend 3-4 months in the city. The various escapades of Faith (which appeared to occur on consecutive days in Under a Graveyard Sky) are stretched out over a huge number of pages and with dozens of other events occurring at the same time. Its potentially interesting detail, but proved to be a chore to read through.
The rest of the story suffered from the same pattern of having an author who threw far too much into the brew and then didn't find an editor who told him "get those extra plot points out and tighten up your story".
In the end I felt that Mike knew the universe and probably cares deeply for it, but he just couldn't sing the same song that John Ringo did when he wrote the first 4 books in the series.
Massa has a different voice than Ringo, to be expected of course, and it helps to tell a side story from a different perspective. My only complaint on the original characters was he made Faith appear a little too psycho, but again, she is seen from a different characters perspectives who are somewhat shocked by her scrums. What you get is a good solid look at the slow moving zombie apocalypse from the view of Tom Smith as he wrangles the Bank of the Americas business continuation strategy as well as workings of various power players within the city.
There are some great in jokes. Astroga's character is a riot and I fully expect the list of things the Specialist should not do during a Zombie Apocalypse to be a regular talking point when we see more of her. The difficulty keeping Faith out of trouble by Tom's underlings is also a recurring theme. If anything, the Voltaire concert was more depressing than from our original perspective. And of course, Astroga (again) thinking on her feet with a certain general seems to be a case of truth being stranger than fiction, including just when the general was willing to interact with a subordinate.
It certainly seems as though it is set up for at least another book, let's hope so. I'm ready to buy.
I enjoy the references to other books such as the ones in the Ghost series by John Ringo. It makes me wish that he would add another book to that series as well.
Update: Finished the book and have had time to think about it. While the book was good and it was nice ti fill in some holes from the first books it left me a little disappointed. There were too many prominent characters in the book. While the rest of the story really only has three primary characters (Dad, SheWolf and SeaWolf) this has many more which made it seem disjointed and unfocused.
One of the things I like about Ringo is that he keeps up the action and draws the reader into it, I did not get the same feeling with this book.
So while I liked it I would hope that the next one is better. I do have a suggestion for the next book. Since this one brought the Ghost-verse into the picture, how about doing a book where Ghost and his clan go after the people who created the plague in the first place?
I don't want to be discouraging to Mike Massa, writing is difficult and taking over a story that people love is very hard. I hope you write another and read the comments and take them to heart.
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To get the most out of this book, you will have needed to have read the other Black tide books.
This book mostly fill in some missing scenes and some of the back story from the first Black tide rising book and then go on to acts as a set up book for future books. Now if this book was edit and then combined with first black tide rising book it would be a better book all round as see/ read the full story.
Now a fun little gem is the crossover references to the Paladin of the shadow book AKA "The Kildar" it look like The dùn has touch the sky.
This book could be an entry to the Black Tide world but it would be better if you read at least the first two as well as the collection of short stories 'Black Tide Rising' (particularly 'Battle of the BERTs') then you can appreciate fully the author's continuity. He has created an excellent world for the characters to inhabit and I found it very easy to embrace.
What makes the the first couple of Black Tide books soooo good and this one so superb is the authors research and use of that detailed knowledge to create a credible techno-thriller feel to the zombie apocalypse.
I hope there are more books in the series as at the very least they maintain my interest and when they're good they are VERY good. Possibly the best in the genre that I've read.
My personal rating system
1 Star Couldn't finish the book
2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks)
3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author
4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author
4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book
5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be checking out the authors other books looking for more of the same. Although I preferred the original characters, this spinoff is definitely one that I'll be continuing.